Monday, January 21, 2019

My Cards and Tags: Tags Made with Alcohol Ink

Hello, hello and welcome to another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  This week's theme is all about alcohol.  I don't drink alcohol, but I do love playing with alcohol ink!  Here are two tags I made, along with process pics of how I got there.


In the spirit of full disclosure, I had a supply disaster along the way with this one.  I gathered all my alcohol inks and thought I had a pack of yupo paper (which I'll link to the Simon store because it's an awesome product).  But alas!  I just did a craft room revamp and couldn't find the yupo.  It either never existed in my stash like I thought it had or I put it somewhere so deeply organized and clever that I will never find it again.  At any rate, I had my ink ready to go with no paper to work with!  In the end, in a pinch, I grabbed some photo paper for the computer printer and used the back of it.  I alternated dripping and splatting down alcohol ink with alcohol blending solution and here is where I ended up:

Next I cut up some of the panels, which is always kind of painful, but I knew the panels would more useful to me in scraps for this project.  Before cutting up one of the panels, I stenciled over it with a Scrapberry's dot stencil and white acrylic paint. 

Now that I had some colorful shapes and scraps, I cut some tags out of black paper and glued my alcohol ink scraps onto the tags.  I added acrylic paint in white, blue, teal, yellow and orange.

I do enjoy Washi Tape, so I added some of that on as well.  I also stamped some paint circle shapes (from Inky Antics' Color Wheel stamp set) onto deli paper and tore those up into more usable scraps.

I needed a focal point, so I stamped, fussy-cut and colored these figurines (from Inky Antics' Silhouette Sentiments stamp set).  I colored them with Prima Oil Pastels and glued them to some black cardstock background frame-looking shapes.

I added a few more touches to my figures and glued them onto my tag.

And here's a close-up of the second tag:

Here are the goodies for this project that you can buy at Simon Says Stamp:

I am excited to see what you come up with for this week's challenge theme!  Be sure to upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store.

Monday, January 14, 2019

My Other Creations: Recycled Calendar using Tim Holtz Paper Dolls

January is in full swing and I'm feeling the joy of de-stashing and creating new things.  That goes along perfectly with this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme, which is to incorporate recycling. I took my 2018 mini wall calendar and made it into a collage.


I started with my mini wall calendar and a bunch of scraps and leftovers from other projects.

Since the calendar was flimsy, I covered it with white and clear Gesso (white to block out most of the landscape picture and clear to cover the number parts, which I wanted to still have showing).  I also stuck on some old book page scraps from my stash.

I'm not going to lie; this looked a little scary.  And wavy.  Proof that there's a reason we don't use flimsy paper as a base for mixed media projects!  But I carried on, stamped some images on deli paper and glued that on. The circles are from a stamp set I designed for inky Antics called Color Wheel.  The colored scraps are made with Tim Holtz's Remnants stamp set.

I also glued on some black-and-white patterned paper scraps, then grabbed this cut-up section of an art journal page that went awry.

I finally laid it out okay on the background and while that was drying, I dug through my Tim Holtz paper dolls and found one that I liked for this page.  I added a bit of color to the girls with my Prima Oil Pastels and also drew and cut out hats for them.  I drew a kite (the "hope" is from another one of my stamp sets- Tiny Houses) and I glued a kite string (embroidery floss) to the girl's hand.

All that was left was to put this thing together.  I glued everything down and then had to set the whole thing under two HEAVY books for several hours to try to get that paper to settle down and be flat.

You'll notice also that I added a 425 using Tim Holtz's lowercase Cutout alphabet die.  That was part of the address of my childhood home and always has a special place in my heart.  And these two girls looked like they'd had some great youthful adventures!

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I'm excited to see how you interpret our theme this week!  Be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp.